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Author: Bradley J. Nelson

Title: The Performance of Justice

Subtitle: Good-Natured Rule Breaking in Caldéron's El alcalde de Zalamea

Journal: eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies

Volume: 31

Issue: -

Year: 2015

Pages: 411-425

eISSN: 1540-8577 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century | European History: Spanish History | Representations: Literary Texts / Pedro Caldéron


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Author: Bradley Nelson, Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Concordia, ResearchGate

Wikipedia: »This essay argues that the existence of a written canon of legal precedents concerning the rape of lower class women by nobles (Barahona), framed by a confusing matrix of competing juridical procedures and rituals (Susan Byrne), offers Calderón the opportunity to reimagine juridical practices and the role of the letrado in their interpretation and use. As such, Pedro Crespo may be viewed as Calderón’s authorial avatar, one who models a witty mimetic praxis in the interest of creating a legitimate social and, more importantly, juridical space for his peasant family. This enterprise—empresa, in emblematic terms—is, in turn, analogous to efforts by early modern writers and painters to assemble honourable occupations out of what traditionally were considered to be artisanal activities. My primary theoretical tools for carrying out this analysis are Catherine Bell’s notions of ritual agency and redemptive hegemony, which provide useful concepts for identifying and analyzing Calderón’s authorial performance and its aesthetic and historical implications. The paper ends with a reflection on the implications of this reading for current debates concerning José Antonio Maravall’s notion of baroque guided culture.« (Source: eHumanista)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Spain / Spain in the 17th century | Literature: Spanish literature / Spanish Baroque literature | 17th-century Spanish writers: Pedro Caldéron de la Barca / The Mayor of Zalamea